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Trinuclear nickel–lanthanide compounds

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The Schiff base compound 2,2′-{[(2-aminoethyl)imino]bis[2,1-ethanediyl-nitriloethylidyne]}bis-2-hydroxy-benzoic acid (H4L) as a proligand was prepared in situ from 3-formylsalicylic acid with tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (tren). The trinuclear 3d–4f metal complexes of this ligand {[Ln{Ni(H2L)(tren)}2](NO3)3} (Ln = Gd, Dy, Er, Lu) could be obtained as single crystalline material by synthesizing the proligand in the presence of the metal salts [Ni(NO3)2·(H2O)6] and [Ln(NO3)3·(H2O)m] (Ln = Gd, Dy, Er, Lu). In the solid state, the complexes adapt a new V shaped structure. Mass spectrometric ion signals related to the trinuclear complexes were detected both in positive and negative ion mode via electrospray ionization mass spectrometry supporting the single crystal X-ray analysis. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) experiments in solution support the fragmentation scheme. The magnetic studies on all these compounds suggest the presence of weak antiferromagnetic interactions between neighboring metal centers.

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The article was received on 10 May 2012, accepted on 09 Nov 2012 and first published on 30 Nov 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31023F
Dalton Trans., 2013,42, 2445-2450

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    Trinuclear nickel–lanthanide compounds

    A. Bhunia, M. Yadav, Y. Lan, A. K. Powell, F. Menges, C. Riehn, G. Niedner-Schatteburg, P. P. Jana, R. Riedel, K. Harms, S. Dehnen and P. W. Roesky, Dalton Trans., 2013, 42, 2445
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT31023F

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